At the Advanced Casting Research Center (ACRC) we collaborate on research addressing the global foundry and digital manufacturing industry. We bring fundamental understanding to existing processes, develop new methods, develop new alloys, and address management-technology interface issues with our industrial partners.

Members benefit by:

  • having a voice in selecting quality research projects that help them solve today’s business challenges;
  • leading-edge research in solidification processing, light metals, nonferrous and ferrous alloys, semi­solid processing, additive manufacturing;
  • networking globally with the best minds in the industry; and
  • technical expertise and access to talent

As a member your company/organization …

  • submits and votes annually on research projects;
  • networks with global industry leaders;
  • has royalty-free IP rights to pre-competitive research;
  • may opt to sponsor company-proprietary research;
  • has access to findings from large-scale projects funded by the U.S. government or foundation grants;
  • may recruit top talent from various engineering disciplines;
  • has access to all (past and current) ACRC technical reports;
  • has access to all ACRC-related research projects with no overhead;
  • has access to characterization facilities and resources at UCI (IMRI; IDMI; etc.); and
  • can sponsor student projects (senior thesis) and industrial internships

What members Say

“QuesTek receives tremendous benefit from our participation in ACRC. As a small business with limited internal R&D resources, the access to top-quality research through the students, faculty, and projects is invaluable. The networking opportunities afforded by the bi-annual meetings have been fantastic and have led to multiple commercial project opportunities for QuesTek. We look forward to continuing our relationship with ACRC and to building new partnerships in the years to come.” _

Jason Sebastian, QuesTek Innovations LLC, USA.

“ACRC is a place where industrial experience and scientific research meet each other. It is also a great opportunity to meet and talk to companies in the American foundry industry.” _

Fabian Niklas, Aluminium Rheinfelden, Germany

“As students going through engineering school, we were always looking for great projects. As business owners trying to solve our customers’ problems, we are always seeking solutions. The ACRC does an incredible job bridging these two spheres. Our membership has paid for itself many times over!” _

Bob Logan, Palmer Foundry, USA

“Montupet has been a member for over 10 years. During that time, we’ve benefited from access to the most advanced research in the casting industry and networked with industry leaders, many of whom have become equipment suppliers. Perhaps most important, we’ve built cooperative programs within ACRC that have given us a competitive advantage. We look forward to building new partnerships and cooperative research programs in the coming years.”

Denis Massinon, Montupet, France

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